Henderson State University (Main Office)
Department of Military Science
1100 Henderson, Box 7851
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
1304 Richardson Street
Ouachita Baptist University (Recruiting Office)
Department of Military Science
410 Ouachita, Box 3654
Roy and Christine Sturgis Physical Education Center (SPEC) Room 303
624 North 8th Street Arkadelphia, AR 71998
The Henderson State University and the Ouachita Baptist University ROTC program are part of 5th Brigade, and the Golden Lion Battalion.
COLONEL MARK A. OLSEN
COMMANDER, 5 th ROTC BRIGADE
COL Olsen enlisted in the United States Army in 1992 as a 37F Psychological Operations Specialist. In 1996, COL Olsen received his commission as an Infantry Officer, following graduation from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian. He has a Master of Arts in History from Rice University, a Masters of Military Arts & Sciences degree from the School of Advance Military Studies and a Master of Science degree from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute’s Basic Russian Course, the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, Jumpmaster School, and the French Joint Staff College.
COL Olsen’s previous assignments include Assistant BN S-3 and Rifle Platoon Leader for 2-6 Infantry, 1 st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany where they deployed to Bosnia and Macedonia; Battalion S-4 and Company Commander for D/3-325 AIR for 3-325 Airborne Infantry Regiment in the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC where he led his company in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003; Military History Instructor at The United States Military Academy; BCT Planner for 4 th IBCT, BN S3, and Executive Officer for 3-15 IN at Fort Stewart, GA; Brigade S3 for 4/3, 3ID, Fort Stewart, GA; Battalion Commander Assignments Officer at Human Resources Command; Battalion Commander of 1 st Battalion, 30 th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA; Special Assistant to the Commanding General, TRADOC; and Chief of US Special Operations Command’s Transnational Threats Branch, MacDill AFB, FL. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.
COL Olsen is married to Dr. Margaret N.N. Olsen. They have two children, Nora 11 and William 6.
Major William Hale II
Assistant Professor of Military Science
MAJ Hale has served his country for more than 20 years with five years spent in the United States Army Reserve and 15 years on Active Duty. As a Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 2006 following graduation from Missouri Baptist University in Saint Louis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and later received a Master’s of Arts in Business Administration from Webster University in 2018. MAJ Hale currently serves as the senior Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University since 2021.
His previous assignments include Platoon Leader, Fire Direction Officer, and Iraqi Brigade Military Transition Team Operations Advisor for 2-320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY; Battalion Fire Support Officer and Company Commander at 1stAttack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS; Fire Support Officer for 3rd Battalion, 1stBattalion, and Group Headquarters for 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); the Division Fire Support Officer for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 2-32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY. MAJ Hale has deployed six times in service to the nation, three times to Iraq, once to Jordan, and twice to Turkey in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and INHERENT RESOLVE. His military education includes the USMC Tactical Air Control Party Course, Basic and Advanced Collateral Damage Estimation Course, Weaponeering Course, Target Mensuration Course, Army Cyberspace Operations Planners Course, Joint Fires Observer Course, Joint Operational Fires and Effects Course, Tactical Information Operations Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Air Assault Course, and Basic Airborne Course. He is also a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Captain’s Career Course and the Command and General Staff Officer Course.
His military awards and decorations include: one Bronze Star Medal, five Meritorious. Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Reserve Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, four Army Meritorious Unit Citations, an Army Superior Unit Award, the Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
MAJ Hale is the proud father of three children, his daughter Angelina and two sons, William III and Mikel.
CPT Brody Bright
Assistant Professor of Military Science
CPT Brody L. Bright has over 19 years military experience: 6 years enlisted in the USAF and 13 years as a commissioned officer in the US. Army. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English Education from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.
His military education includes the Officer Candidate School, Combat Survival Training (ERR), Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems Technician, Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician, Airman Leadership School, Ordnance Officer Basic Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, and the Logistics Captains Career Courses. He is also certified as a Demonstrated Senior Logistician.
CPT Bright first served as the Maintenance Platoon Leader (FWD) for 2-38 CAV, and Executive Officer, 509th Forward Support Company, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Fort Hood, TX. While stationed at Fort Lee, he was the S4 for 71st Transportation Battalion within the Army Logistics University. After completing Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, he was assigned as the Transportation Officer, Support Operations, 404th Aviation Support Battalion and Commander of Fury Troop F/ 6-17 Attack Recon Squadron, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO. Most recently CPT Bright was stationed in Tower Barracks, Grafenwoehr, Germany serving as the Executive Officer of the Combined Arms Training Center and then the Current Operations Officer of the Joint Multinational Simulations Center under 7th Army Training Command.
CPT Bright and his wife Angela Bright recently celebrated 24 years of marriage. They have two boys: Connor (age 23), and Donovan (age 21) both of whom currently attend Texas A&M.
Mrs Jerusha “Mrs. J” Schofer
HSU: 870-230-5007 or 870-245-4352
Mrs. J is a 2001 Henderson State University alum with a Bachelor Degree in Recreation. She is married and has one daughter. Mrs. J started with the program in May 2013 as the Administrative Assistant, and in February 2020 began in her current position. When not at work, Mrs. J enjoys reading, photography, watching high school sports and traveling with her husband and daughter.